1) Step 1 - Do you Qualify?
Before you can apply for Italian citizenship, you must confirm that you qualify. Having an ancestor from Italy is not always enough, other requirements must be met. Using our simple form, you can easily determine if you are eligible.
a) Your father was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth (had not become American/Foreign Country citizen yet) and you never renounced your Italian citizenship;
b) Your mother was an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, you were born after January 1, 1948, and you never renounced your Italian citizenship;
c) Your father was born in the United States or a country other than Italy, your paternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, neither you nor your father ever renounced your the Italian citizenship.
Your mother was born in the United States or a country other than Italy, your maternal grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of her birth, you were born after January 1, 1948 and neither you nor your mother ever renounced your Italian citizenship;
d) Your paternal or maternal grandfather was born in the United States or a country other than Italy, your paternal or maternal great grandfather was an Italian citizen at the time of his birth, neither you nor your father or mother, or your grandfather ever renounced your/their Italian citizenship. Please note: a grandmother born before 1/1/1948 can claim Italian citizenship only from her father and can transfer it only to children born after 1/1/48. For naturalizations that took place before July 1912, please contact this Office before setting up the appointment.
If you need help finding out when your Italian ancestor came to the the United States, you can visit my help with dates page here.
Identify which consulate you need to apply to. Depending on which state you live in, will depend on which consulate you need to set your appointment up for. Click here
For citizenship by descent (“jure sanguinis”), by marriage (“jure matrimonii”), or for reacquisition of citizenship by residence, appointments can be made by calling:
a) 1-900-446-2244* (Premium Rate) or 1-800-686-4446* (Credit Card) at $2.49 per minute.
b) You can call from 8.30a.m to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except Dec.24, 25, 26, 31, Jan 1, Good Friday and Easter Monday.
This service is handled by Abtran (www.abtran.com), a company which acts on behalf of the Consulate. The telephone service is to be used for appointments and general information (not concerning Italian laws) only. All applications must be submitted in person at the Consulate on the date of the appointment.
If you have a complaint regarding this service only, please email details to: CGICustomerService@abtran.com. Before calling Abtran or coming to the Consulate we strongly suggest that you read carefully the required information.
Appointments can also be scheduled by coming in person to the Consulate. Please be informed that the waiting time for getting an appointment through Abtran or at the Consulate is currently well over one year.
Costs of Italian Citizenship Application
Starting July 8th, 2014, Applicants for Italian Citizenship shall pay - with money order to the Italian Consulate general - $394.30 When Submitting their application.
This Fee is not refundable, regardless of the outcome of the application.
2) Step 2 - If you qualify, make your appointment ASAP. The appointments for submitting your application and paperwork, are a year and a half out. Appointment information:
3) Step 3 - After you schedule your appointment, select your ancestor you wish to receive Dual Italian Citizenship through and gather all documents required for that specific ancestor. You can select your ancestor from the box below.
4) Step 4 - Organize all your documents in a binder and deliver to your consulate on your appointment date.
Make sure to have all your forms completed with your required documents, see below:
Declaration of Deceased Italian Descendant
5) Step 5 - Wait for your approval letter in the mail and your citizenship certificate.
This will on average take about 2 - 4 weeks depending on which Italian Consulate you are assigned to and how backed up they are. You will receive two documents:
1) The cover letter stating the following:
Dear (Your Name),
We are enclosing your certificate of Italian citzienship. You have been registered in our AIRE (Registry of Italian living aboard). If you wish to request a passport, please check our website (your consulate's web address); go to C0NSULAR SERVICES -> PASSPORTS.
As we take this opportunity to remind you that passport is merely a travel document, we invite you to deeply consider the profound meaning of possessing the Italian citizenship, and to take the commitment to revive the linguistic and cultural heritage of your Ancestors.
With best wishes,
2) The Certificate of Italian Citizenship, that will write "CERTIFICATO DI CITTADINANZA".
6) Step 6 - Applying for your Italian Passport:
a) Complete the passport form - Download Here.
b) Purchase two passport pictures taken at your local Fedex or Post office.
c) Purchase a money order for the amount of $103.55 made out to your consulate.
d) Make a photo copy of your current US Passport.
e) Deliver or mail, all the above to your consulate and obtain your Italian Passport.
* Most consulates are now requiring you to have your finger prints taken with your Italian passport and you will have to go to the consulate in order to receive your passport.